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Web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to provide their own websites accessible via the World Wide Web.

Hosting uptime refers to the percentage of time the host is accessible via the internet.

Shared web hosting service: one's Web site is placed on the same server as many other sites, ranging from a few to hundreds or thousands. Typically, all domains may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU.

Virtual Dedicated Server: slicing up a server into virtual servers. each user feels like they're on their own dedicated server, but they're actually sharing a server with many other users. The users may have root access to their own virtual space.

Dedicated hosting service: the user gets his or her own Web server and gains full control over it (root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, the user typically does not own the server. Another type of Dedicated hosting is Self-Managed or Unmanaged. This is usually the least expensive for Dedicated plans. The user has full administrative access to the box, which means the client is responsible for the security and maintenance of his own dedicated box.

Bandwidth is a term used to describe the amount of data that can pass through a communications channel (such as an Internet connection) in a given period of time. Bandwidth is often measured monthly.

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It is a communications protocol that governs the transfer of files from one computer to another over a network.

Gigabyte is a unit of computer memory or data storage capacity equal to 1,024 megabytes. One Gigabyte (Gb) is equal to about one billion bytes (230 bytes).

Megabyte is a unit of computer memory or data storage capacity equal to 1,048,576 bytes of information. A single keystroke is equal to a single byte of information.

Terabyte approximately a trillion bytes of data, or 1000 million gigabytes or 1,000,000 MB, or 8 million data bits. One thousand of these will constitute one gigabyte. One million of these will constitute one terabyte.

Web server is a computer that stores websites and their related files for viewing on the Internet. Visitors wishing to access the sites and files simply type in the corresponding URL to the site they wish to view.

Storage on a server is simply the memory space available to hold files.

Transfer rate and bandwidth is essentially the same thing, referring to the amount of data that can flow through a communications channel over a given time.

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. A URL is an Internet address for example, http//:www.domainnameexample.com/.

POP3 account is a standard e-mail inbox.

Uploading refers to transferring files from a client, such as your home computer, to a host, such as your web hosting company. Uploading is usually accomplished with the help of an FTP client.

Download refers to transferring data from a server or host computer to your own computer.

Client is a computer program that can download files for editing, run applications, or request application based services from a file server. An FTP client is a common software package used for uploading and maintaining websites.

DNS stands for "Domain Name System", and it is a way for institutions differentiate themselves from each other. The most famous domain is the "dot com" (.com) domain, which denotes a commercial website. Other domains include .net, .org atc.

website / web site is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on Web server.

HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol. HTTP is mostly used to request and transmit web pages and web page components over the Internet or other computer networks.

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